The Wrong Goodbye

Finished The Wrong Goodbye by Chris F. Holm.

Summary (from Goodreads):

“Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls.

Because of his efforts to avert the Apocalypse, Sam Thornton has been given a second chance – provided he can stick to the straight-and-narrow.

Which sounds all well and good, but when the soul Sam’s sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.”

I loved Dead Harvest (the first book) but I ended up loving this one even more.  It certainly helps that there are a lot of references throughout the novel (pop culture, I mean—some are very easy to catch and some are harder.  I don’t want to be more specific because every time I caught one, I was literally joyful).

This series is also just ridiculously fun.  Yes, the stakes are high (if you fail, the world may literally end—so no pressure, right?) but Sam is awesome and clever and sarcastic.  In short, my favorite kind of narrator. ;)  It makes me sad that this series isn’t more widely read.  I guess I understand it, because this isn’t for everyone (would YOU want to cheer for someone who basically sends the deserving to hell?) but it’s for everyone worth knowing.  (So says my completely unbiased opinion, anyway.)

I found out about the series because a Facebook friend mentioned the author—he was one of over 100 Maine authors to be part of an ad advocating for gay marriage in that state. I’m so glad I did, because this series is basically perfect for me.  The two days I spent reading about Sam’s adventures were the best days. :)

The worst thing, though, is that the third book won’t be out until next year—probably next SEPTEMBER.  :(  This feels like forever!  But don’t let that stop you; this book and its predecessor, Dead Harvest, are amazing and I can’t imagine that you won’t love them.  Highly, highly recommended.

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